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A Travel Guide To Vienna

Beer, classical music, mountains, Austrian frauleins - what more could one want?

Vienna, the city of Freud and Schubert has all this to offer and more.

Whether you’re looking to soak up some culture in the Wiener Staatsoper or some suds in one of Vienna’s many beer halls, Austria's capital can satisfy all appetites -and speaking of appetites, don't forget to try the local bratwurst or indulge in the cosmopolitan eats on offer around this ancient city that is sparkling with world cultures.

A visit to the local wine taverns known as Heuriger is a must. Tourists can sample the most recent year’s wine accompanied by some delicious schnitzel. Taste fried mashed potatoes (Geröstete Erdäpfel), boiled beef (Tafelspitz) and complete the lunch or dinner with a delicious dessert - the traditional apple strudel (Apfelstrudel).

A hub of culture, Vienna is currently holding a four day conference marking the centenary of Ireland’s own Flann O’Brien. When it comes to theatre, opera, classical music and fine arts the choice of exhibits is vast. The Imperial Theatre (Burgtheater) and its subsidiary, Akademietheater are considered some of the best in the German-speaking world.

The Viennese use the phrase Gemütlichkeit to describe a feeling of ‘coziness’, belonging or cheerfulness, you will certainly experience Gemütlichkeit in this beautiful Europe city.

If you are planning to travel to Vienna in August accommodation prices are very reasonable. Stay in the five star Fleming’s Deluxe Hotel superior rooms, from €165 per night per person sharing. Alternatively check out the lively Wombat Hostel, with overnight prices from €22. Aer Lingus’ prices for a return flight in mid-August start from €230.